Rep. Barrett issues statement on MPSC ending net metering

Energy costs will add expenses to farming families State Rep. Tom Barrett of Charlotte, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s ruling that ends net metering in Michigan: “I have heard from agricultural leaders about the high cost of energy in Michigan and the…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Wednesday, April 25 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Dimitri’s Restaurant located at 6334 W. Saginaw Highway, in Lansing. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with…

Rep. Barrett plan allows young victims to utilize courtroom support dogs

State Rep. Tom Barrett was joined today by Reagan, Eaton County’s canine advocate, while speaking before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his plan to help young and vulnerable victims who testify in court. Barrett’s bill allows courtroom support dogs to sit at the feet of certain victims while they take the stand to…

Barrett plan ensuring farmers continue to receive tax exemptions heads to governor

State Rep. Tom Barrett’s plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment is headed to the governor for consideration. Barrett, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the…

House plan protects Michigan deer from deadly disease

State Reps. Jim Lower, Tom Barrett and Thomas Albert today introduced a proactive plan to protect Michigan deer from chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease, a lethal illness that has decimated deer, elk and moose populations in other states, was first identified in Michigan in May 2015. As of March 2018, 57 free-ranging deer have…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, March 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Gizzard City located at 120 W. Main St., in Potterville. “Coffee hours are an opportunity for residents to meet…

House OKs Barrett bill supporting veterans clubs, fraternal organizations

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett allowing members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club, not just their home club. Barrett, of Charlotte, said the bill is needed because of a recent interpretation of law by…

House votes for Barrett bill making English the official state language

The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett establishing English as the official state language. Barrett, of Charlotte, said 32 other states have already made English the official language. “This bill simply codifies the existing practice of requiring government bodies to perform official functions in English,” said Barrett. “It’s common sense.”…

Rep. Barrett casts vote for additional road funding

Plan improves Eaton County roads with no tax increases   State Rep. Tom Barrett today voted to approve a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer. “I am proud to fast-track and prioritize this revenue to address the potholes on our roads,” said Barrett, of…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, Feb. 26 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Mike’s Village Restaurant located at 115 S. Bridge St., in Dimondale. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet…

Rep. Barrett welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tom Barrett of Charlotte (right) welcomed Pastor Dwight Ezop to the state Capitol to give Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Ezop is the current pastor at St. Mary Parish in Charlotte, where Barrett attends with his family. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to…